Homeopathy is ideal for babies, children and teenagers as it is a gentle yet highly effective system of medicine. The highly diluted natural substances that are used in homeopathic remedies mean they are non-toxic, non-addictive, and have no harmful side-effects.
Homeopathy addresses the underlying imbalances causing an illness, rather than suppressing symptoms, thereby providing a lasting resolution to your child’s health problems. In addition to tackling specific illnesses and complaints, homeopathic treatment strengthens and improves you child’s overall health and immunity to deal with illnesses throughout their lives.
Colic is one of the most common complaints in babies; up to 20% of infants suffer and symptoms can continue for several months. There is currently no generally accepted conventional medical treatment for infant colic, and it can be very stressful, frustrating and costly for parents trying one milk formula after another in an attempt to ease the symptoms. Homeopathic treatment is aimed at addressing the underlying cause of the colic to resolve the complaint.
Cradle cap, nappy rash, difficult teething, mouth ulcers, oral thrush, eczema, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation are also treated at the clinic.
In recent years, GP’s have been discouraged from over-prescribing medicines such as antibiotics and steroids. Concerns about long-term effects on the growing child, coupled with the worry of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, means many parents are looking for safer healthcare options for their children. The best way forward for all children is to improve their health and immune system naturally.
While in some cases antibiotics can be useful, the Centre for Disease Control estimates that of the 235 million doses of antibiotics given each year, between 20-50% of these prescriptions are unnecessary.
Antibiotic overuse in the treatment of childhood ear infections (otitis media) was revealed in a recent European study.
In this study of 2,975 children with otitis media, it was found that 88% of these children did not have a bacterial infection and therefore antibiotics were unlikely to be effective.
Treating your child with antibiotics without addressing the cause can create a continuing cycle of repeat infections. In addition children may develop digestive complaints, allergic reactions or yeast infections following antibiotics. Homeopathy can effectively treat childhood infections, such as coughs, colds, ear infections, conjunctivitis and tonsillitis including those of bacterial origin, without harmful side effects.
Homeopathic remedies can quickly resolve the acute stage of your child’s illness. This is then followed by constitutional homeopathic treatment which strengthens your child’s immunity to help prevent further recurrence of infections.
Development & Behaviour Problems
Children with a variety of development and behaviour problems such as severe shyness and anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, extreme temper tantrums, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Disorders are treated at the clinic.
In particular there has been huge increases in the incidence of autism in recent years. A high percentage of children presenting with autism have ‘leaky gut’ syndrome where undigested food molecules pass through the gut. Recent research has indicated that this not only compromises the child’s generally immunity, but can also have an ‘opiate’ or drug like effect which may be responsible for the anti-social behaviours. The chronic inflammation of the gut, which often manifests as diarrhoea, also impairs the absorption of important nutrients. In addition those with autism often have compromised detoxification. At the clinic, children with behaviour disorders and autism are treated with a combination of homeopathic remedies and nutrition.
Complaints arising during adolescence which are commonly treated at the clinic include acne, headaches and period pain. Stress, anxiety and fatigue relating to studying and examscan also be supported with homeopathic treatment.